Impact of common morbidity on attainment of oral feeding skills in a modern cohort of infants born prematurely: a retrospective analysis

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dc.contributor Buhr, Anthony P.
dc.contributor Cheimariou, Spyridoula
dc.contributor Bolland, Anneliese C.
dc.contributor.advisor Gosa, Memorie M.
dc.contributor.author Schweers, Madeline G.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-11T16:49:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-11T16:49:00Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002914
dc.identifier.other Schweers_alatus_0004M_13421
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3599
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Feeding during infancy is a complicated, multidimensional task involving dynamic coordination between sucking, swallowing, and breathing (Wolf & Glass, 1992). The synactive theory of infant development discusses the influence of the autonomic, motor, and state systems on the resulting stability and homeostasis of newborns (Als, 1982). The synactive theory proposes that the core of stability for all developing infants is the autonomic nervous system, especially the respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems. The motor system supports the development of the state system – levels of arousal that range from deep sleep to a vigorous cry. The ability to attend and to actively process incoming stimuli is supported by the ability to maintain stability in the autonomic and motor systems and remain alert (Ross, 2012). By the synactive theory, feeding can be conceptualized as a developmental skill that emerges when the coordination for sucking/swallowing/breathing is present at approximately 35 weeks post gestational age along with maturation of the state system (Ross, 2012). Previous research has established that many common newborn morbidities, such as those that impact the cardiac and respiratory systems, can delay the post gestational age at which infants born prematurely achieve full oral feeding competency. The purpose of this project is to establish the impact of common newborn morbidities, as measured by the Morbidity Assessment Index for Newborns, on the resulting transition time and post conceptual age at which a modern cohort of preterm infants attain the skills and coordination necessary to support nutritional intake by exclusive oral means.
dc.format.extent 46 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Speech therapy
dc.title Impact of common morbidity on attainment of oral feeding skills in a modern cohort of infants born prematurely: a retrospective analysis
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Communicative Disorders
etdms.degree.discipline Speech Language Pathology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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